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Ukelele and Ear Training: The Finger Picking Way, Part I camp

A four week introduction to playing the ukelele by ear and with music, including playing notes, learning by solfege and doing improvisation, which is making it up as you go along.
Micaela Gutierrez Schmitz
3 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 6 learners
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35 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Students will improve awareness of pitches through ear training.
They will be able to play 2-4 songs with correct rhythms and pitches. 
They will be able to make up their own short tunes based on a rhythm stimulus.
They will learn strategies for practice.
They will recognize that skills need to be worked on incrementally, and will not appear overnight!
As a trained classroom music teacher, I am used to teaching ukelele in classes of larger numbers.  With smaller numbers, children will have even more attention and will be able to progress quickly. There are occasionally reluctant singers. I would ask them during class session at least to hum quietly if that is more comfortable, but to try to sing out more at home when practice time occurs. 
Outside of class, you will have access to videos of me playing and pdfs of the music/words and techniques to help you remember what we have done in class. I recommend at least 10 minutes a day, and to be sure to do a bit each day over any weekends.
You need a soprano ukelele with the G tuned High (if you have it tuned low please let me know in advance). I recommend the brands Mahala, Makala and Rocket. I have learned from experience that cheap brands that cost less than $30-40 will not actually work (especially when it comes to playing chords or being in tune with others). There is no point in renting, because it is not a high cost item. Please check it is a good one by seeing if you can get it in tune at or I also recommend that you have a good headset to use with the computer. If it's long enough, you can keep it on while playing. This will reduce feedback noise. Without headphones, other siblings, pets, etc. to intrude and make it difficult for others to hear. I would also suggest students start muted. I may mute them at certain points.
Informal assessment about what is going well can be shared. It is likely to be mostly verbal feedback but I aim to summarize each student's progress at the end of the 4 weeks.
35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
I just wanted to add that 1-2 hours is the maximum. You might build up to 70 minutes of practice per week,  which is 10 minutes per day.  It would be great to have 10-15 minutes/day.  Frequent practice for short periods is best.
I will provide my own created materials and videos.


Micaela Gutierrez Schmitz
Lives in the United States
music teacher and singing leader
3 total reviews
6 completed classes

About Me

I teach classes on  music. I have over a decade of experience leading workshops as a freelancer and as a classroom teacher. I also have led choirs and taught singers. I believe everyone can sing!

I am happy to teach children and I am also excited... 
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